The Messenger previews Sunday's racing and he has bets on Hickey's Rock and Cork and Ballypoint at Ffos Las.
Mouse Morris rarely has his horses wound up for their seasonal debuts and that is even more so when it is the racecourse debut of one of his inmates. With that in mind, Hickey's Rock made a really encouraging debut at this venue last month, when he was 3rd to the Jessica Harrington trained Light That. He travelled nicely through the race, but was a little outpaced before the straight. However he kept on nicely from the final two hurdles, after being a little hampered at the second last and also looking quite green when asked to lengthen. He is a nice scopey horse and he should have few problems with the ground. The stable horses are starting to hit a bit of form and it is likely that Hickey's Rock will prove to be a lot better than the bare form of the that debut effort and in a race where solid form is thin on the ground, he rates quite a strong bet at the general 9/4 available.
2 points win Hickey's Rock at 9/4 with Skybet and Bet365
Ffos Las 3:05
Ballypoint is a really nice prospect for the Nigel Twiston Davies yard and he should have a profitable season, either in handicap hurdles, or over fences. He should a little promise in a bumper and two novice hurdles, but he stepped up considerably on those efforts when he was narrowly beaten by Will O' The West at Warwick over 19 furlongs in February of this year. On the strength of that effort he was quite well fancied for the EBF Final at Sandown in Match, but he got bogged down in the bad ground in the straight off a mark of 124. He had one more run after that and it was at this venue, when he was an easy winner at very short odds, but opening his account should have given him plenty of confidence.
He returns to Ffos Las and steps up in trip to just shy of 3 miles for the first time. His pedigree suggests that this better ground will hold no fears for him and his stable continues in very good form, with winners going in at regular intervals. Herbert Park is respected after his last time out win, but he has been raised 6lb and with Ballypoint on the mark that he ran off at Sandown, he is certainly worth giving another chance to at the available 5/2.
1.5 points win Ballypoint at 5/2 with Paddy Power and Stan James